Believe it or not, some species of whale do in fact have teeth.
All whales are actually broken down into two categories or suborders which are known as the toothed whale and baleen whale suborders.
Toothed whales as the name suggest have teeth which they use to attack, capture and in some cases chew or tear apart their prey so that they can swallow and better digest their food.
Not all toothed whales chew their food though, some use their teeth only to bite and grab their prey so that it can’t escape, but will end up swallowing their prey whole.
And a few whales appear to have little or no use for their teeth other than as a way to show dominance towards other whales, especially during mating periods.
The number of teeth a toothed whale has can vary greatly depending on species.
Some whales have one or two teeth while others have as many as 250 or more.
And certain species of toothed whales may only have rows of teeth on their lower jaw and none on their upper jaw.
Baleen whales have baleen plates with bristles instead of teeth.
The bristles are often said to resemble the teeth found on a comb and can be very thin and fine depending on the species of whale.
They then expel the water out of their mouth using their tongue while leaving their prey trapped inside their baleen bristles.
The bristles act like a filter allowing water to pass through without letting their prey escape.
Because baleen whales do not have teeth they usually end up swallowing their prey whole.
Baleen whales are commonly called filter feeders because of the way they capture prey such as fish and krill and trap them in their baleen bristles while allowing water and other small sea sediments to escape through their baleen bristles, much like a filter.